Saturday, August 11, 2007

Viking Smilie

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Pirate Smilies

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Cell Phone Smilie

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Eight More Random Facts About Me Meme

I was recently tagged by meeyauw with the Eight Random Facts About Me meme. I had this one before too (I've Been Tagged) so I worked up a sweat thinking of eight more random facts and finding something on YouTube that goes with them. Sort of.

1. I have a degree in Elementary Education but I've allowed my teaching license to lapse and moved on toward office work. (The first few seconds of this one are relevant. LOL.)

I had education-oriented positions up until my latest job....

2. I'm a debt collector. Not too many people say "wow, isn't that cool" when I tell them. Especially not those people that are themselves getting collection calls. And, since there are more people that are in debt than there are those of us that collect debt....

3. I still haven't had my hair cut since the last time I did this meme, but I was thinking about it because my sister-in-law and brother (the ones married in the chapel picture in this week's Photo Hunters) are coming in a month and I want to look less like a mop. LOL.

4. I'm not really interested in baseball, but I was watching the Giants' games recently so I could see Bonds break the record. Unfortunately, I managed to miss this historical moment.

5. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up and be a rainmaker.

I practiced but I never got anywhere with this dream of mine. My mother pretty much put a stop to the whole idea when she caught a friend and me in an open field dancing around during a thunderstorm. Then again, standing beneath a tree isn't such a good idea either (see the YouTube find below).

6. I am not Magento Girl, but I am a clock breaker. I am one of those people that can't wear wind-up watches. I am stubborn enough to keep buying wind-up clocks and the one I have now stops in the middle of the night most evenings. I suppose I should try placing it on the other side of the room.

7. I have been watching old Disney movies almost all summer. I'm introducing my nephews to the ones I enjoyed. And though I admit that some of them have been pretty goofy in hindsight, each one of them has been much better than the fare on Nickolodeon. My new cause: Stop the mush! (Then again, I'm going to bring him to see Underdog this evening.)

8. I used to ride mopeds and loved it. My neighbors had mopeds and we rode them every chance we got. Of course, they were quite old-fashioned compared to this one in the video.

Tagging: I invite anyone that finds this and wants to participate. I will even edit this post and link back to you if you link here. Just comment and let me know.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Lost Letters...

It looks like I'm not the only typist that is losing my letters. Of course, these days my keyboard is covered with dust. Things are finally getting back to normal. I'm not back to being able to get to my own computer yet, but within a few days I'll be able to get out the duster.

The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica

In the 1930's, the United Fruit Company was excavating the fertile, yet remote, farmlands of Costa Rica, near the Diquis Valley on the Pacific Ocean coast. United Fruit is the major importer of bananas and they became interested in this region of Costa Rica because of a blight that had killed many banana trees on the Caribbean coast. As workers dug and prepared the land for cultivation, they discovered many large stone spheres buried and impaled in the tropical soil.

Since then, archaeologists have been perplexed by the stones. Thousands have now been found. Some are as small as four inches -- about the size of a baseball -- while others are a massive eight feet in diameter. Estimates of their age goes back some 1,600 years, yet no one can be sure how they were made, by whom, or why.

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"All of this has lead some researchers to speculate that the stone spheres were made by aliens, a lost civilization and even the people of Atlantis." Another quote from....

Stone Sphere, originally uploaded by davelip75.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

I Caught i-Caught This Evening

I was gone for the weekend. I drove up to the Portland, Oregon area to bring my nephew home and visit. I didn't get to take much by way of pictures or videos because I transferred the batteries in my camera to the Gameboy Advance my brother gave to our nephew so he wouldn't be bored on the trip home. I didn't really get to travel around much online this weekend. I'll have to get online tomorrow.

I just stopped by because I wanted to save a few of the YouTube finds I saw on i-Caught this evening. They interviewed some people in videos that have gone viral. The bride in the Thriller Wedding Dance segment talked about how people must have a lot of time on their hands to have watched her video over 2,000,000 times combined. I love watching YouTube. My fascination with YouTube has nothing to do with having too much time on my hands. Sometimes it might feel that way when I get to surfing around watching old Barbie tv commercials, but really I don't "waste" my time finishing videos that I don't find interesting. I like YouTube because it allows me to be in charge of what I want to watch even more than surfing the remote control. I can chose the programming. Well, certainly I am not alone. When videos are viral, I think they have networks like ABC worried. They are certainly producing i-Caught in an effort to keep up with that trend and rope a few of us YouTube viewers.

By the way, I have watched far more videos than the 88 my profile says that I've watched. I don't log in and comment that often. When it comes to most of the comments I find on YouTube, let me just say that one video blogger I've watched a few times faintstarlite recently stated on her videoblog (Harry Potter vs Hillary Clinton) that people should engage in the YouTube scene, and make statements that mean something. Nice sentiment, but one of the newest comments on that video is "screw politics, i'm totally in love with you..))))))))))". Real engaging. To be honest, I can't recall leaving any thought-provoking comments for the world to see so I tend to be a YouTube voyeur.

Anyway, here are the videos highlights from i-Caught (and not) this evening that I wanted to save...

Women In Art by eggman913

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Music: Bach's Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yoyo Ma

For a complete list of artists and paintings visit

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"Icy Obstacles" (Disclosed Entry 9) by VenetianPrincess

One of the recent profound YouTube comment: "omg u r so hot as the ice princess thingy"

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Battle at Kruger posted by Jason275
Views: 7,971,277

A battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa's Kruger National Park while on safari.

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Wedding Thriller Dance

They said on the show that they were just putting up the video to show a friend that hadn't made it to the video. Well, that may be, but the groom Brian Lundmark has gotta be pleased with the publicity because he is out there trying to promote his comic strip Rockwood.

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I have to admit, that promotion is why I started a profile on YouTube. Though, I haven't made any really good book trailers yet. I have yet to figure out how to edit videos that I take with my camera. But, I have wondered....

How does one go purposefully go viral on YouTube?

This video below is not the answer....

New Years Fireworks
Views: 645

Profound comment: "Think that's good? go see the London ones."

Profound response: "I was just goofing around online one night and didn't erase it. A month later I logged back on and was shocked that over 600 people had found the video. I haven't taken it down yet because I don't have any good book trailers to replace it with."

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My first and last attempt at making a video/book trailer. Somehow I don't think the producers of i-Caught will be calling me anytime soon.

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Five Toes, The Two-Tongued Cat

This one got a brief mention on the show. It was rejected by viewers as one of the videos that i-Caught would look into.

Messin' With Sasquatch

NEW Messin' With Sasquatch
Flaming Bag (Internet only)

Reno Balloon Race 2006

Reno Balloon Race 2006
Views: 1,779,136

Here is one of my favorite YouTube finds that is time appropriate as the Reno Balloon Race 2007 is coming up in September.